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Supreme Court president condemns abuse against Miller

Supreme Court justices hearing the Government's Brexit appeal have condemned the abuse endured by the people who launched the legal battle over the right to invoke Article 50.

Investment fund manager Gina Miller, who made the lead case, said she received death threats and has reportedly spent £60,000 on security after being vilified for challenging the Prime Minister's right to trigger the European Union's exit clause.

"I don’t go anywhere," the 51-year-old wrote in the Guardian. "It has been a complete poisoned chalice."

Gina Miller said she has been vilified over the legal action she took after the EU referendum. Credit: PA

Speaking at the opening of the hearing at the Supreme Court in London, Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger warned against the publishing of personal information about people involved in the case, including their home addresses.

Lord Neuberger noted "various individuals have received threats of serious violence and unpleasant abuse" including in emails for exercising their "fundamental right" to have "access to the courts".

He said the abuse "undermines the rule of law" and warned there are "legal powers" to be used against anyone found to be committing it.


Key parties arrive as protesters rally at Supreme Court

Gina Miller, who brought the case against the Government, arrived for the first day of the hearing. Credit: PA

Leading parties on both sides of the Government's Brexit appeal case have arrived at the Supreme Court in London for the first day's hearing.

Attorney General Jeremy Wright will represent the Government opposite crossbench peer Lord Pannick, who represents Ms Miller. Credit: PA

The Government is appealing against a High Court ruling that the Prime Minister must seek MPs' approval to trigger the process of taking Britain out of the European Union.

Pro-Remain supporters led a protest outside the Supreme Court against the Government's attempt to overturn the High Court ruling. Credit: PA

Italian populist party 'poised to govern'

5-Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo Credit: Reuters

The populist 5-Star Movement says it's poised to govern Italy now that Premier Matteo Renzi has announced his resignation.

The Movement, led by comic Beppe Grillo, spearheaded the winning "No"-vote campaign in a referendum on constitutional reforms.

Grillo called for an election to be called "within a week".

Luigi Di Maio, a 5-Star leader, says the vote shows "it's the citizens who run the institutions," not one man like Renzi.

Di Maio says "starting tomorrow we'll be at work on a 5-Star government."

Renzi said the reforms would have cut Italy's bureaucracy and made the country more competitive.

His opponents were hoping to tap into the populist sentiment that has been gaining ground in Europe with Brexit and in the US with the election of Donald Trump.

'No' supporters celebrate on streets of Rome after win

Supporters of the "no" campaign in Italy's referendum on constitutional reform took to the streets to celebrate victory on Sunday night.

People chanted and waved banners in the streets of Rome in the wake of the result, which prompted Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to announce that he intends to resign.


Five Star Movement calls for early Italian elections

Alessandro Di Battista of the Five Star Movement. Credit: Reuters

The movement that spearheaded the winning "no" campaign in Italy's referendum has called for early elections to replace Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has said he will resign following the vote.

Leaders of the populist Five Star Movement, the main rivals to Renzi's Democrats, are anxious to achieve national power for the first time.

Alessandro Di Battista, an MP for the movement, said: "The Five Star Movement isn't the only one who won, it was a battle of most Italian citizens who rejected a constitutional reform that deprived the Italian people of the umpteen rights."

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